Eighty percent of what kids learn comes through their eyes!
Why then do only 50% of parents with a child under the age of 6 have never taken their child to an eye doctor? That’s a crazy but true statistic.
Here are a few more stats that should convince any parent to ensure that their child has a comprehensive eye exam at least BEFORE starting school.
- 21% of kids 6-72 months of age and 13% of kids age 5-17 years have farsightedness (hyperopia)
- 60% of parents don’t feel an eye exam is an essential part of a child’s healthy checkup schedule.
- 60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision problems.
- 15-28% of children ages 5-17 years have astigmatism.
- 38% of parents believe their children are too young to experience vision problems.
- 1 in 4 children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior.
An annual eye exam for a child is crucial to ensuring that learning and development is given a fair chance. Where do you take your child when they have pink eye? The eye doctor, right? You have a better chance of a lower wait time and guess what? Eye doctors know eyes because that’s all they do.